February 8, 2009

Siam Cafe: Authentic Chinese Food in… Cleveland?!

by Kayoko Akabori

I am totally into food. Add my friend who is also totally into food, and you get a Pepto Bismol-inducing food frenzy. On one such occasion, we visited perhaps the only authentic Chinese joint in Cleveland proper, Siam Cafe. Apparently, they also serve Thai and Vietnamese food, but we were there for the good stuff. […]

October 24, 2008

Umamiventure #13: Flushing Food Circuit, Pt. III

by Kayoko Akabori

Preface: Umamiventure #13: Flushing Food Circuit, Pt. IUmamiventure #13: Flushing Food Circuit, Pt. II GOLDEN MALL41-28 Main StreetQueens, NY ON THE DUMPLINGS YAMAHOMODumplings were tasty, but to me a bit too chive heavy. HAMAMAMAI wasn’t feeling too adventurous – tried more dumplings (this time steamed — flavorful and fresh as well, but preferred our first […]

Umamiventure #13: Flushing Food Circuit, Pt. II

by Kayoko Akabori

Preface: Umamiventure #13: Flushing Food Circuit, Pt. I DUMPLING TIMEZhu Ji Guo Tie40-52 Main Street (Entrance on 41st Avenue)T: 718.358.6265YAMAHOMOThey tasted good, and damn cheap. 8 huge dumplings for $2.50 were great. I thought I got vegetable and pork dumplings, but somehow something was lost, and I got fried pork bun. Good, but way too […]

October 23, 2008

Umamiventure #13: Flushing Food Circuit, Pt. I

by Kayoko Akabori

I’m back!!! I have been terribly UM delinquent- it’s been totally crazy over here in the last two weeks, what with trying to finish up stuff at work (impossible) and packing up 6 years of my NYC life into little cardboard boxes (unfathomable). But I’m taking some time out for the post that everyone has […]

October 13, 2008

How to Season a Wok

by Payman Bahmani

I finally made my long delayed trip to Chinatown to buy a wok after the one I bought from Ikea fell apart–literally. I couldn’t wait to get home and season it for use, and figured I’d take some pictures and share the info for anyone interested in doing the same. For those who don’t know, […]

June 2, 2008

Grand Sichuan West (NYC)

by Tyson Kubota

John Zhang, the owner of the Grand Sichuan minichain, has just opened a new restaurant in the West Village. He’s aiming for a slightly more upscale vibe than the St. Mark’s, Chelsea, or Jersey City locations, trying to implement healthier cuisine than other oil-centric Chinese restaurants while still including a variety of Sichuan and Hunan […]

April 8, 2008

UM Redux: Shanghai Cafe (NYC)

by Kayoko Akabori

This post is dedicated to Tmonkey and Wong Kar-Wai. Went to see my acupuncturist the other day in Chinatown. Dr. Wu is a miracle maker, truly, and I send everyone to him for their ailments. Migraines, bad shoulders, allergies, bad knees, insomnia– whatever you’ve got, he’ll fix it, for real. While pinning needles into my […]

February 22, 2008

Umamiventure #7 : Pacificana, Sunset Park

by Elly Perkins

This past Sunday we intrepid Umami Marters made the trek to Sunset Park for an Umamiventure visit to famed Chinese joint Pacificana. Although Pacificana is best known for dim sum, we threw caution to the winds and reserved a table for dinner. Waving aside the free (maybe? we weren’t sure…) soda awaiting us at our […]

January 10, 2008

Must Do in Beijing

by Moto Yamamoto

Forbidden City, Tienanmen Square, The Great Wall. Got ripped off at an antique store, almost got killed by a car when crossing the streets… Yes, I did all the things I was supposed to do in Beijing. Last and the most important thing to do was to go eat Peking Duck. Remember my post on […]

January 8, 2008

What $10 Can Buy in China

by Moto Yamamoto

China was interesting. As you might know, the air is unbelievably dirty, and everyday when I woke up I appreciated and longed for clean air more and more. It’s hard to explain but my friend in China said, it’s basically smoking 10 packs of cigarettes without smoking it. It was so true. No cigarette smell, […]